Before filing a request for restitution, it needs to be sufficiently clear who is the current possessor of the claimed artwork. This is not always as easy to establish as it sounds. if a painting is hanging in a museum, it doesn't always mean the work is owned by the museum itsself. The work may be on loan from the State Government, or owned by a private individual or a municipal government. The person or institution where the work actually resides, such as the museum, can inform you the best regarding this point. If the work might be part of the Dutch State Collection, please contact the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

When it is clear who currently owns the artwork, you can determine how to proceed by following the step-by-step schedules.


Step-by-step: Dutch State Collection Step-by-step: other collections